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Fans of Guillermo del Toro’s unique brand of atmosphere and tone get excited whenever he releases a new project.But that excitement now extends well beyond just his diehard fans, considering he’s coming off Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.So all eyes are on del Toro’s next film, Nightmare Alley, which had some big new casting news today.Variety reports that Cate Blanchett is in talks to join Bradley Cooper in the film.Plus, Collider is reporting Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Willem Dafoe, Rooney Mara, and Michael Shannon are at various stages of negotiations to potentially join them.Even if only half those people end up in the movie though, it’s like Guillermo del Toro is assembling his acting Avengers.
Sometimes, a barrage of bad reviews can do little to dent the opening of a blockbuster film – just look at the vicious critical reaction to Batman v Superman and its initially-impressive take at the box office.But it seems like Hellboy, fresh off of a critical drubbing, couldn’t escape the level of hell Anung Un Rama was first summoned from.Deadline reports that Neil Marshall’s Hellboy took in just $12 million dollars in its opening weekend, significantly lower than either Guillermo Del Toro-directed takes on Mike Mignola’s beloved supernatural hero.It fact, it was more than 60 percent down from the series’ high with Hellboy II: The Golden Army back in 2008.Hellboy’s opening weekend box office is just shy of half of Shazam’s take for its second weekend in cinemas, which pulled in $25.1 million, setting the whimsical DC movie on the road to $100 million domestically by Easter.Internationally, the film fared a little worse, bringing in around $10.3 million across the weekend.
The latest "Hellboy" movie bombed at the box office over the weekend with a $12 million debut."He really brought this creature feature to life and without him, just like in the case of 'Pacific Rim: Uprising,' losing him behind the camera was the death knell," Jeff Bock, the Exhibitor Relations senior box-office analyst, said.Terrible reviews, poor branding, and an unfortunate release date didn't help.15 years after director Guillermo del Toro's original "Hellboy" movie hit theaters, the Dark Horse comics character has been rebooted, this time with director Neil Marshall behind the camera, and "Stranger Things" star David Harbour in the title role."Hellboy" placed third behind repeat winner "Shazam!They weren't box-office sensations, but this new reboot is tracking to make far less.
In the months leading up to Hellboy’s release, much noise was made about how much comic creator Mike Mignola (who co-wrote the film with Andrew Cosby) didn’t want the movie to be an origin story that retread ground Guillermo del Toro staked out in his Hellboy movies.with his adoptive father Trevor Bruttenholm (American Gods’ Ian McShane).Along with others, they hunt and detain the kinds of magical creatures who pose threats to humanity’s existence.At this point in his life, Hellboy’s no stranger to taking out his demon brethren with ease for the sake of the world but, despite having the physicality of a hulking, grown man from the bowels of the underworld, he’s still relatively young – an immature teenager by demonic standards – and just as petulant as any other kid who’s forced to work alongside their parents.The moment Harbour appears onscreen as Hellboy, he definitely sells himself as the character much in the same way Ron Perlman did, both because of his solid take on the character’s personality and the impressive amounts of makeup that went into crafting his devilish appearance.Hellboy’s relationship with his human father is a key part of the character’s identity because Bruttenholm is the person responsible for giving Hellboy an initial introduction to humanity.
Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup.What's happening this week that's not breathless anticipation for Game of Thrones?Well, Hellboy might have a tough time keeping up at the box office this weekend.Also, Hulu is getting in on the Theranos action, and Hawkeye is getting a Disney+ show, apparently.Hellboy Could Get Shazam!-ed at the Box OfficeThe latest iteration of Hellboy—this time starring Stranger Things' David Harbour as the titular character instead of Ron Perlman—is on track to bring in between $17 million and $21 million at the box office this weekend.
He's a super-strong comic book character who battles evil.Created by Mike Mignola, Hellboy is a musclebound scarlet-skinned demon who hunts mythical monsters on behalf of a shadowy paramilitary organization, with the help of humans scarred by the paranormal.It's like the X-Files, if Mulder and Scully were a demon biker and a special forces werewolf.If that sounds wacky, buckle up sister, because you ain't seen nothing yet.There's a secret society that dons stag heads to hunt giants, a Liverpool-accented pig monster who goes around pulling monks' tongues out and more witches than you can shake a broomstick at.The over-the-top action and blood-spattered creature carnage is directed by Neil Marshall, best known for horror and action movies like The Descent and Doomsday -- not to mention orchestrating two major Game of Thrones battles.
The short answer: they wouldn’t do a third movie without Guillermo.Hellboy, a reboot of a moderately successful and well-loved set of a film adaptations, is not what some fans might have wanted from the franchise.Instead, they probably wanted a sequel to Hellboy II: The Golden Army.One such fan was Ron Perlman himself, who has regularly expressed interest in returning to the role of the Big Red hero.But according to interviews conducted by Collider, those involved in producing the Hellboy movies decided that, without the original director on board, it just wasn’t going to happen.Here’s what Lloyd Levin, producer on the franchise since its first film, said:
As last year drew to a close, we bid farewell by calling out our favorite movies of the year and naming the feature we consider the best film of 2018.A crossover project almost two decades in the making, Glass unites the primary cast of 2016’s Split with that of 2000’s dark superhero drama Unbreakable for a story that pits Bruce Willis’ near-invincible protagonist against James McAvoy’s split-personality killer, with Samuel Jackson’s fragile criminal mastermind Mr. Glass orchestrating the superhuman brawl.‘Alita: Battle Angel’ (February 14)James Cameron has been developing this movie for more than a decade now, serving as both a co-writer and a producer.The film is based on Yukito Kishiro’s popular manga series Battle Angel Alita and follows a mysterious android who’s found in a scrap heap and repaired by a kind scientist who teaches her to use her powerful abilities to make the world a better place.The latest Marvel Studios movie is always a big deal, but this one stands out for a few reasons.
The first trailer for the forthcoming Hellboy reboot dropped today, giving us our first, fiery look at director Neil Marshall's darker, grittier vision for the popular Dark Horse Comics superhero.Writer/artist Mike Mignola's Hellboy comics have already been adapted into two feature films—Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)—both starring Ron Perlman with Guillermo del Toro at the helm.Del Toro had planned on making a third installment, but he preferred his own script over Andrew Cosby's and left the project.So the film became a reboot instead, with David Harbour (Stranger Things) stepping into the lead role.Hellboy is a half-demon from Hell who was summoned to Earth as a baby by Nazi occultists and raised by a surrogate human father, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm.The adult Hellboy is basically a big red devil with cloven hooves, a tail, filed-off horns, and the Right Hand of Doom (made of stone).
The list includes Marvel blockbusters "Captain Marvel" and "Avengers: Endgame," as well as the next films from acclaimed filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese.2018 has been a record year at the box office, which has hit $11 billion in the US.Director Guillermo del Toro and star Ron Perlman served fans two movies in 2004 and 2008 based on Dark Horse Comics' most popular property, about a demon summoned to Earth by Nazis.In 2019, director Neil Marshall and "Stranger Things" actor David Harbour will take the character by the horns for a fresh reboot.Disney is releasing three live-action remakes of animated classics in 2019, but one made the cut on this list: "Aladdin."Mena Massoud plays Aladdin, Naomi Scott plays Jasmine, and Will Smith takes over the role of the Genie, voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 original.
Between his no-nonsense Twitter presence, endless back catalogue of badass characters, and that instantly recognisable, cigar-smoke-tinged voice, Ron Perlman comes across as a guy you don't trifle with."He's constantly reminded he's got more years behind him than in front of him," Perlman explains."He's got to start making decisions about legacy.Produced by Perlman and co-starring '70s movie icons Richard Dreyfuss and Jacqueline Bisset, Asher draws inspiration from street-level character studies like the work of John Cassavetes."Everything is communicated through style," says Perlman."The way this guy shines his shoes.
Guillermo del Toro will fight hard for what he believes in.Freaky monster sex, Harry Potter, and, apparently, Ron Perlman.Perlman, talking on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing, explained how del Toro worked for years to get a Hellboy movie greenlit, with the specific and unchanging proviso that Perlman would star as the big red lug himself.“I said to him from the get-go, ‘That’s a great idea and god bless you, I love you for entertaining the idea, but it’ll never happen,’” Perlmant said, as transcribed by Entertainment Weekly.“Sure enough, for seven years he’d go to these meetings at these studios, and he’d say, ‘Ron Perlman.’”And del Toro kept doing that until, after Blade II was a surprising success, del Toro finally got enough pull to get what he wanted.